Seeing the green trees sprouting, the early morning birds chirping and the pink cherry blossoms erupting are reminders that it is May in Philadelphia. May at Penn is magical! While the absolute highlight is seeing the Kimmel Center packed to the brim with families who have traveled from all over the world and from all corners of the U.S. to celebrate their daughters, sons, siblings, parents, partners and friends graduating with coveted undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, there are many other events that make May Penn Nursing’s favorite time of year. Celebrating faculty who received awards from students, peers and administrators and reviewing their academic year’s extraordinary accomplishments with awe have always been a humbling experience for me. Then there is the end of the year gathering of our engaged, efficient and effective staff and celebrating them and their accomplishments. It is always heartwarming to celebrate the fruits of their partnerships with faculty and students which culminate in recruiting the best class, graduating award winning students, providing exemplary education, winning financial support for our scholarly mission, and bringing health, healing and smiles to our elderly at LIFE. The impact of the staff’s work is felt in every corner of our school. But “May Joys” do not end there! Seeing our University alums and their families on campus again, hearing their reflections about the Penn experience and listening to their life stories completes the circle for the joys of May.
Congratulating and celebrating students, faculty, staff, alumni and families, what “May” is about.
Ah, the Joys of May at Penn!